Althusius on the Most Basic Social Unit

Part 3: Althusius on the Free Conscience and Free Exercise According to John Witte Jr, for Althusius, the “most elementary and most essential association of any commonwealth is the marital household—husband and wife, parents . . . Continue reading →

One of the most powerful sermons I never heard

The powerful sermon of a Scottish Sabbath.

A La Carte (12/10)

Here are a few Kindle deals that may interest you. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Fee and Stuart is down to $3.99. This is an excellent book and something of a classic in its field. Remember that Paul Miller’s A Praying Life is down to $1.99. Gary Thomas’ Sacred Marriage is down to $3.99 (I haven’t read this one so can’t comment a lot). Modest, a book I wrote with R.W. Glenn, is down to $2.99.

Kindle Fire – If you’re in the market for a Kindle, the 8.9” Kindle Fire is on sale today only. Use code FIREHD89 and save $50!

Raising Kids the World Will Hate – Here’s something every Christian parent needs to ponder: “if God answers my prayer for my son to be a follower of Christ, people will hate him. People will absolutely, unquestionably be repulsed by my son.”

God Doesn’t Love Us Because We’re Lovable – There’s an important truth of the Christian life and one we tend to forget time and time again.

The Gospel According to Christopher – This article gives some of why even many Christians admired Christopher Hitchens: He had honesty and insight that was lacking in many of the other new atheists.

Good Grief – Clint Archer offers 5 ways your grieving can glorify God.

The Year in Photos – The Atlantic has a massive three-part series of “2012: The Year in Photos.”

Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven. —J.C. Ryle

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The scandal of the Incarnation

Imagine a dirty, dank, stinky barn full of animal manure. Now close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose.
This was the environment that the Son of glory was born into. This is the reality of the Nativity.
During Christmas, I prefer th…

The One Who Poured Himself Out

Commenting on Philippians chapter 2, Gordon Fee writes, "Here we see why the ‘scandal of the cross’ was so central to [Paul’s] understanding of everything Christian. For in ‘pouring himself out’ and ‘humbling himself to death on the cross,’ Christ…

Twitter Highlights (12/9/12)

Here are highlights from our various Twitter accounts over the past week.

The Christian ethic is the same no matter what the Supreme Court does… —R.C. Sproul
— Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) December 5, 2012

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The Essential: Adoption

This is the fourteenth installment in a series on theological terms. See previous posts on the terms theology, Trinity, creation, man, Fall, common grace, sin, righteousness, faith, pride, election, revelation, and atonement.

Our first point about adoption is that it is the highest privilege that the gospel offers” (J. I. Packer, Knowing God, 206).

J. I. Packer rightly considers adoption the highest privilege of the gospel—higher even than justification—because of the richness of the relationship with God that it begins.

In adoption, God takes us into his family and fellowship—he establishes us as his children and heirs. Closeness, affection and generosity are at the heart of the relationship. To be right with God the Judge [justification] is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father [adoption] is a greater. (207)

Scripture backs Packer’s assessment of adoption as seen in passages like Romans 8:15-17 (cf. Galatians 4:4-7), in which Paul emphasizes the closeness, affection and generosity that come to us when through justification God makes us his children. As adopted children we call God “Abba!,” the Aramaic word for “father” or “daddy” and the term Jesus himself used to address him (Mark 14:36). Through adoption we also experience great generosity as we become “heirs of God and fellow heirs of Christ,” which means we become the heirs and owners of all things (Hebrews 1:2; 1 Corinthians 3:21-23).

J. I. Packer goes on in Knowing God to explain how adoption must be the framework through which we view and live the rest of the Christian life. Yes, it really is that important and that essential to the Christian life.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” Praise God for that! (1 John 3:1)

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WHI-1131 | The Gospel According to Isaiah, Part 4

In chapter 11 of his prophecy, Isaiah writes that, “[t]he wolf shall dwell with the lamb.” Many interpret this literally as referring to some utopian period way off in the distant future. But is this really what Isaiah’s imagery is pointing to? What does he mean when he says that a shoot shall come forth “from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit”? On this program the hosts will discuss these questions and more as they interact with chapters 10 through 25 of the book of Isaiah.

The sacrifice of the saint

“For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord . . . and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” 2 Corinthia…